Published by TOON Books
Summary: Budding cartoonists will enjoy this drawing book that gives how-to’s on drawing people and animals, as well as creating perspective and communicating emotions through body language and facial expressions. A few prompts are given to encourage readers to create their own stories. Advice is offered from some heavy-hitters in the comic world, including Roz Chast, Neil Gaiman, Jeff Smith, and Art Spiegelman. There’s a section at the end for parents, teachers, and librarians on reading comics to kids (I believe this is standard in many of the TOON books). 52 pages; grades 2-5.
Pros: Fun and accessible for many elementary-age kids, this is a good basic introduction to get graphic novel fans busy on their own creations.
Cons: Each section is pretty brief; serious artists will outgrow this fairly quickly.